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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Word 2010 Paperback – Apr 26 2010
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From the Back Cover
Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 160 Word 2010 tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on Word 2010 in no time.
You'll learn to:
Format a table
Apply text effects
Review tracked changes
Create labels for mass mailing
Insert, delete, move, or format text
Save documents in PDF or XPS format
Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
About the Author
Elaine Marmel is President of Marmel Enterprises, LLC, an organization which specializes in technical writing and software training. Elaine spends most of her time writing; she has authored and coauthored over 50 books about Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Peachtree, Quicken for Windows, Quicken for DOS, Microsoft Word for Windows, Microsoft Word for the Mac, Windows 98, 1-2-3 for Windows, and Lotus Notes. From 1994 to 2006, she also was the contributing editor to monthly publications Peachtree Extra and QuickBooks Extra.
Elaine left her native Chicago for the warmer climes of Arizona (by way of Cincinnati, OH; Jerusalem, Israel; Ithaca, NY; Washington, D.C. and Tampa, FL) where she basks in the sun with her dog Josh, and her cats, Watson and Buddy.
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I chose it as the text book for an adult education course I taught this fall (2012). I believed that it would be a great resource for students during the class and an equally beneficial reference book after they had completed the class. Now that the classes are over, I feel that this was a good decision. I will use it for future Word 2010 classes that I teach.
The book covered all the topics needed to gain a broad understanding of Microsoft Word. This is important to people who want to gain computer skills demanded by many employers. The only other thing needed to become a successful user of Microsoft Word is to practice the procedures clearly illustrated in the book.
I have used a personal computer for about 30 years and Microsoft Word for around 20 years. Nevertheless, I still learned some new operations from Teach Yourself Visually Word 2010 while teaching the course and I rediscovered how to perform some tasks that I had not done in a long time.
I highly recommend Teach Yourself Visually Word 2010 for anyone wanting to learn how to use Word 2010. I also recommend it for experienced users who want to have a handy and clear reference book for when they need to review procedures for operations that they don't use often.
This book is a must for anyone without formal training for use of Office 2010 software. The book however is only for the Word portion. But very helpful for the novice. I am happy I have it.
In the few weeks I have had this book I have found that each function is described in a direct how-to style that incorporates the appeal of color and non-textual graphical aids that make it simple to figure out what to do to accomplish a task in Word 2010. There may be shortcomings but I haven't found any.
The bright colors throughout and weird funny graphics add to the joy of this book, making it a great pleasure to use instead of the irascible and dull chore some of this book's competitors have made of learning Word. Their approach makes Word into a beast of computerized inner secrets. But this book is entertaining while sticking to the point...no personal anecdotes nor digressions down memory lane or gripes about Microsoft. Nor does it stoop to gushing praise.
I tried about a dozen other Word 2010 reference books and Tech Manuals, some paper, some electronic, but this gets the gold medal. This is the book to have no matter how versed you are in using Word, unless you have already memorized all of Word's features. Left out of this book are many esoteric Word features. But they aren't missing, they are just beyond the scope here. Subjects such as the vocabulary for Visual Basic which you would need to write new commands or extend Word's capabilities are not here. World-class computer-program designers, such as the heads of Information Technology departments for major corporations, will find this book beneath their needs. Unless their needs include rapidly bringing other employees up to speed in using this vital tool of the modern office. Church officers, school teachers, newsletter organizers, book writers, bloggers, magazine reporters, and everyone else who communicates in writing needs this book to get the most out of Word.
For those of us who need to quickly figure out how to get their work done, this is a vital tool.
I supplemented my learning of Word by using Internet searches, YouTube, the Microsoft Word Learning Web site and Word's own help system to become a competent user of this extraordinary word processor. "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Word 2010" lacks those long lists of Access keys and shortcut Key Combinations other books are so fond of. But you can find dozens of those lists for free through Google or print your own from Word's Help files.
In sum, this book is well-organized and stuffed with good information. I believe I received a valuable resource for my money. I returned for full refund two other paper books on the subject I bought from Amazon, including one of those Dummies versions for Word 2010. I considered sticking to all Kindle versions because they are easy to store and keep near me as well as being easy to navigate, using electronic bookmarks and my own notes. But I kept this paper book after examining it closely for several hours and finding it so informative, easy to use and quick to reveal its secrets. Kindle versions of some books offered by Amazon made them easier to use than paper but this book works even faster and with more fun to answer questions than the e-versions of those others.